At least 20 people have been killed in clashes between villagers and army personnel in Myanmar’s Ayyarwadi delta region.
The clashes erupted on Saturday when villagers with firearms and bows and arrows went in search of firearms, local media reported, citing Reuters. The incident took place in the village of Hlaisway in the suburbs of Keonpio in the Ayarwadi region.
Myanmar’s state television reports that three “terrorists” have been killed and two others arrested in the village of Hlaisway. The incident took place when members of the security forces went to arrest a person conspiring against the state.
Reuters called a spokesman for Myanmar’s junta government to comment on the matter. However, he did not comment.
The military overthrew the democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi government in a coup in February. Protests have been going on in the country since then. The army is trying to bring stability back to the country.
A delegation from ASEAN held a meeting with Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing on Friday. Protests erupted in many parts of Myanmar on Saturday. The ASEAN flag was burned in a town in the Mandalay region.
The clashes erupted just before dawn on Saturday in the village of Hlaisway, 150 kilometers northwest of Myanmar’s capital Yangon. Four local media outlets and a local resident said the army members had clashed with villagers over a search for firearms.
Asked not to be named, the resident said the villagers had only bows and arrows in their hands and many casualties had been inflicted on them.
Twenty media outlets and Delta News reported that 20 civilians were killed and many more were injured. They also said that when the army members started torturing the residents, they tried to resist with slingshots.